MELISSA BENN is a writer, journalist and campaigner. She writes for, among others, the Guardian, the London Review of Books, Cosmopolitan and the New Statesman. A high-profile campaigner for comprehensive education, her writing on education includes Education and Democracy, coedited with Clyde Chitty and A Comprehensive Future: Quality and Equality for All Our Children. A Frequent broadcaster and regular speaker on educational issues, she is a founder member of the Local Schools Network, set up to support local schools and to counter media misinformation about their achievements and the challenges they face.
"Melissa Benn deserves - demands - to be read. This a passionate but well made argument for universal public education to promote every child's chances - not just for them, but for us." - Will Hutton, author of Them and Us: Changing Britain - Why We Need a Fair Society "A tremendous book. It is a passionate polemic about the most important policy divide of the day, schooling, the area changing more at the hands of the coalition government than any other." - Anthony Seldon, Observer "[A] partisan but surprisingly fair book ... is refreshing, in a debate usually full of denunciations. " - Andy Beckett , Guardian "A poetically eloquent ... [and] important watershed. It is a clear-sighted re-statement of why universal, comprehensive education is - obviously - the best option. It should, and hopefully will, be taken as a rallying call to the left." - Phil Beadle, Independent "A passionate defence of comprehensive schools." - Guardian "Superb, evidence-based history of the educational battleground during the second half of the last century." - Camden New Journal "Short, well written and passionate." - Francis Beckett, New Statesman.